Playtime, specifically interactive playtime, allows many benefits, including exercise for the mind and body, relief of boredom and stress, prevention of unwanted behaviors, and an opportunity to bond and build trust with your favorite feline companion.
Cats are often considered to be low maintenance pets.
While they may not need to be regularly walked outside like their canine counterparts, they still need consistent, daily exercise and opportunities to tap into their natural hunting instincts. In fact, exercise is critical for their physical and mental health. Most cats will sleep up to 16 hours a day, and more than 50 percent of cats are overweight.
Engaging in consistently scheduled play time with your cat will help them maintain a healthy body weight, keep their mind sharp and entertained, and also establish a stronger connection between you and your pet. The good news is that implementing playtime into your daily life is inexpensive, does not require a lot of time, and will be fun for humans and cats alike!
The goal for interactive playtime with your cat is 10-15 minutes, a few times each day. Kittens and younger cats are more inclined to initiate activities and are often more easily amused and enthusiastic about play than older cats may be. Older and obese cats may need to gradually work up to extended playtime and interest.
Try a few minutes each day, experimenting with various toys and activities, and then building from there.
Here are some ideas and suggestions to keep your cat engaged and entertained: